VHF’s Evening Lectures offer illustrated talks that look at the history of Vancouver, covering the events, movements and people that shaped our city. The talks are co-hosted by Vancouver Heritage Foundation and the Hycroft Heritage Preservation Foundation.
Select Tuesdays, 7:30pm – 9pm
University Women’s Club at Hycroft
1489 McRae Ave
Each lecture earns 1.5 Non-core LUs AIBC
February 27th – Stanley Park: Digging Deeper and Rethinking Cultural Heritage
Stanley Park is often thought of as a relatively untouched piece of nature amid Vancouver’s built landscape. The appreciation and understanding of the park is broadening and deepening as thousands of years of First Nations presence are better understood beyond the colonial history. With this context, Reconciliation Planner Rena Soutar (Cha’an Tdut) and Vancouver Park Board Archaeologist Geordie Howe will consider how we define “our cultural heritage” as a city. They will explore the Indigenous peoples’ relationships to the land, the approach to stewardship and how the environment was cultivated to support communities. The park and the city have an incredibly long and rich history, with lessons to teach that are not only valuable, but critically important to ensure all of our sustainability.
March 20th – Squat City: An Informal History of Squatters in Vancouver
The story of the squatter’s shack in Vancouver encompasses generations of history including the origins of Gastown and Kitsilano, the dispossession of Indigenous peoples, the Depression-era city, the post-WWII veterans’ housing crisis, the hippie movement and modern say social housing activists who occupied the old Woodwards store in 2002. Author and Historian Daniel Francis investigates how the squatter’s shack contrasts with glass towers of the modern city, a different kind of iconic structure, projecting a view from the margins. Learn about how at one time hundreds of shacks lined the shores of Burrard Inlet and False Creek serving as enclaves for artists and bohemians, happy to live off the grid, as well as housing for many single men, unemployed or working menial jobs, forced by low income to find cheap housing. The talk will explore the historic context of the squatter’s shack, as well as it’s place in our contemporary “City of Glass”.